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Overview

Communication Ethics provides a broad introduction to the ethical nature of communication. The book combines coverage of the major systems of ethical reasoning with lots of applications, including case studies in each chapter, to investigate ethics within many fields in the discipline: rhetoric, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, political communication, and mass communication/media. By incorporating a simple framework for ethical reasoning, the reader will be able to develop their own understanding of the various criteria for making ethical judgments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205393633
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Communication Ethics.

Reasoning about Communication Ethics.

Definitions.

The Scope of Communication Ethics.

2. Character in Communication and Virtue Ethics.

Background of Virtue Ethics.

The Art of Communication and Ethics.

Contemporary Virtue Ethics.

Case Application: Comparing Apples to Hammers

Implications for Communication Ethics

3. Duties.

The Basis for Kant’s Universalism: The Categorical Imperative.

Other Universalistic Ethics of Communication.

Alternatives to Universal Rules Systems.

Modern Trends: Jurgen Habermas and Discourse Ethics.

Case Application: Oskar Schindler, the Righteous Gentile.

4. Consequences.

Utilitarianism.

Contractualism and Egalitarianism.

Case Application: Surveillance at Sizgie Corporation.

5. Relationships.

Dialogical Ethics.

Foundations of Dialogical Ethics.

Case Study: The Island Story.

Implications for Communication Ethics.

6. Contemporary Challenges.

Postmodern Perspectives.

The Feminist Challenge.

Case Application: The Prodigal Child.

7. Ethics in Interpersonal Communication: Relationship and Character.

The Nature of Interpersonal Communication.

The Ethics of Dialogue in Interpersonal Communication.

Ethical Communication in Interpersonal Relationships: Character Counts.

The Ethics of Self-Disclosure.

Case Application: Should She Tell?

8. Ethics and the Communication of Diversity.

Elements of Diversity.

Intercultural Communication.

Ethical Stance on Intercultural Communication.

Applications: Tolerance and Diversity.

Case Application: Security and Tolerance.

9. Communication Ethics and Disabilities.

Ethical Considerations: Our Story.

Ethics and Communicating with Persons with Disabilities.

Applications of Ethical Perspectives.

Case Application: Ethics and “Jerry’s Kids”

10. Ethical Issues in Mass Communication.

The Field of the Media and Mass Communication.

Overview of Ethical Issues in Mass Communication.

Major Ethical Issues in Mass Communication.

Application of Ethical Principles for Mass Communication.

Case Application: Decisions in Mass Communication.

11. Ethics of Political Communication.

The Practices of Political Communication.

The Role of Political Consultants.

The Role of Lobbyists.

Framework for Ethical Political Communication.

12. Ethics in Organizational Communication.

Overview of Concerns in Organizational Communication.

Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication.

Ethical Vantage Points for Issues in Organizational Communication.

Case Application: Good Business or Bribery?

13. Ethics and Communication Technology.

The Changing Face of Communication and Technology.

The Internet and Web-Based Communication.

Major Ethical Issues in Communication Technology.

Ethical Framework and Communication Technology.

Case Application: Let’s Meet at the Mall After School.

14. Capstone.

Learning (and Teaching) Communication Ethics: Can It Be Done?

Challenges and Issues for Further Studies in Communication Ethics.

Topic for Reflection: A Personal Code of Communication Ethics.

A Final Word.

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